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Two men evicted from Bixby trailer park two days after taking management concerns to city

Posted at 8:26 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 05:02:05-05

BIXBY, Okla. - Wednesday marks the third time 2 Works for You has taken a trip to Shadow Valley Mobile Home Park.

View two previous stories here and here

"It hurts. It really hurts," said resident Samantha Wells. 

This trip by far the most emotional.

“Retaliation, I knew it was coming," said resident Dominic Birou.

He and resident Darren Wells went to a Bixby City Council meeting last week to present some of their concerns with Shadow Valley management. 

“I think a lot of these people feel exiled from our city,” Birou told the council. 

They asked councilors to step in and help mediate the issues. 

“We’re not responsible for internal piping of a house or apartment complex, or mobile home park,” the City Attorney told them. 

Because legally city officials can’t correct the water issues themselves. 

The city explained it can’t do anything to help them because of zoning and because it’s private property; and as far as they know they receive the money the owners pay for water that goes there each month. 

The council agreed to sit down with management, however, two days later… 

"I could see it from the driveway and I knew what it was, “Birou said. 

Both he and Darren Wells had eviction notices on their doors. 

"But I know it's because we went to the city,” Birou said. 

2 Works for You went to Shadow Valley for answers. 

Reporter: "I guess Dominic and Darren got evicted after they did a story with us, is that because of the story?”

Community Manager: “No."

They said it wasn’t due to the meeting. 

Reporter: "Are you allowed to tell me what it was?”

Community Manager: “I can't."

2 Works for You also called the corporate office who said representatives are meeting with city officials Thursday. 

Property Manager: "As you're well aware one of our tenants was at the city council meeting last week."

The Owasso Land Trust Manager claimed the reason was our story. 

Reporter: "You didn't know of any issues before the story?”

Property Manager “I didn't say that, and I'm not going to provide any further comment."

2 Works for You tried to get information from the ward three councilor, and there was no answer. 

Not for us, or these families. 

"And to be treated like nothing, like we've been kicked to the curb now, it hurts us a lot now,” cried Samantha Wells’, also Darren Wells’ wife. 

Even Birou, who refuses to give up is taken aback. 

"I said Darren, I'm nervous today. He said, why? I said I think we're going to lose this one, man.”

Both have no idea what will come next, except for the fact that even an eviction can’t kick them out of their fight. 

The city of Bixby did reach out to 2 Works for You and confirmed that there will be a meeting Thursday and a reporter cannot attend. 

However, they said we will receive information on what was discussed afterward. 

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